7 Reasons We’re Excited for The Grammys

Monday Night Can't Come Soon Enough

Normally we don’t spend Friday afternoons praying for the long weekend to be over already, but this weekend is an exception. In just three short days, we will get to see so many of our country favorites get all glammed up for the 58th annual Grammy Awards, and we can’t wait.

Need help passing the time until music’s biggest night? Then join us in counting up the reasons we’re excited to tune in.

  1. The Ultimate Duet

    Watching Carrie Underwood perform is always a magical experience, and this performance promises to live up to the hype. We love knowing that it’s the dreamy Sam Hunt providing back-up vocals on Underwood’s current single “Heartbeat,” but watching the two of them perform it together? Now that is hard to top.

  2. Luke’s Lionel Tribute

    Not only will Luke Bryan be making his first appearance on the Grammy stage this year, he will be joined by John Legend, Meghan Trainor and Demi Lovato. The foursome will be performing a medley of songs as part of a tribute to Lionel Richie, who was selected as the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year.

  3. The Best Country Album

    The five nominees are: Hunt’s Montevallo, Ashley Monroe’s The Blade, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, Little Big Town’s Painkiller and Kacey MusgravesPageant Material. They’re all great, but which will take the prize?

  4. Little Big Town’s Performance

    Their hit “Girl Crush” is up for Song of the Year, Best Country Song, and Best Country Duo/Group Performance, so Little Big Town’s performance of the ballad on Sunday night is sure to be showstopper.

  5. The Best New Artist

    It has been six years since the Grammy winner for Best New Artist came from the country genre. Zac Brown Band took home the award in 2010. A solo country artists hasn’t won since Carrie Underwood’s 2007 victory. While Sam Hunt has some stiff competition in fellow nominees Meghan Trainor, Courtney Barnett, James Bay and Tori Kelly, we’re pulling for him to take this one home to Nashville.

  6. The Red Carpet Looks

    The music might be our main motivator in loving the Grammys, but the fashions certainly help. We love seeing our favorite stars put on their Monday best and work it on the red carpet. Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, and Brandy Clark wow-ed us last year, but who will be on this year’s “best dressed” list? Our prediction: Kacey Musgraves.

  7. The Album of the Year

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    Not since Taylor Swift’s 2010 album Fearless has a country album taken the highly regarded Album of the Year prize. While Swift is nominated again for her pop album 1989, she faces some stiff competition from country’s Chris Stapleton and his chart-topping album Traveller. In the past Stapleton flew under the radar, but after owning the 2015 CMA Awards, where he took home the trophies for New Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Album of the Year, he went from underdog to top dog. Traveller is undeniably impressive, and Stapleton’s vocals are second to none. We’ve got our fingers crossed for him.

Writer and social-ite for CMT, lover of all things Nashville, and firm believer that Ross and Rachel were not on a break.